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May 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Drug clemency: Our system disadvantages the poor, minorities

Leonard Pitts in his syndicated column “A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some” [Opinion, April 27] describes the two-tiered system of criminal justice in this country. I would go further to say the laws and government of the nation are biased toward the middle class and wealthy and increasingly disadvantage the poor,…


Comments | More in drugs, Income inequality | Topics: drugs, income inequality, Leslie Jordan

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.] I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe. I am not trained to…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

September 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Crime and public safety in downtown Seattle

War zone I read your editorial regarding downtown crime. [“Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] Statistics are a useless measure. Downtown crime, the filth, a total open-air drug market, prostitution … go walk at night between First Avenue and Third Avenue, between Union and Virginia. It’s a disaster. Welcome to my world: I reside…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown, drugs

September 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Legalizing marijuana in Washington state and beyond

Pot should be legal everywhere Dealing with marijuana, currently a federally illegal, controlled substance, has always been a serious struggle for our Congress as well as local governments. [“Coming soon: 334 pot stores in state,” page one, Sept. 5.] I want our members of Congress to finally consider decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana and its derivatives, treating…


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: controlled substance, drugs, federal law

August 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Downtown Seattle appalls visiting New Yorker

Bleeding-heart policy Former New Yorker Stuart Marvin’s pointed observations about Seattle’s grizzly downtown and his recommended solutions are right-on. [“Downtown crime shocks New Yorker,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] But as someone whose migration pattern is the reverse of his — after 35 years in Western Washington, I moved to metropolitan New York — I know why…


Comments | More in crime/justice, homeless, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

August 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Talking to kids about marijuana

Where’s the science? Teens are used to adults making statements about marijuana that are not true. This leads them to reject any advice from adults that might be true. [“Guest: What to tell your child about marijuana,” Health & Fitness, Aug. 25.] The Times should require a guest writer like Dan Labriola to provide a source…


Comments | More in drugs, Marijuana, Politics, Seattle | Topics: awareness, children, dan labriola

August 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

Drug crimes rampant Major crimes versus violent crimes — what’s the difference? [“Downtown getting safer? Not according to numbers,” page one, Aug. 15.] In Seattle, it’s the sleaze factor that is so disgusting in the Westlake area. There are no police around and nothing but drug transactions going on, right in the heart of the city….


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown, drugs